New Blog Post: Give me Shelter
|Moreland Gap Shelter|
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. REV 7:15-17
I spent the Labor Day weekend on the Appalachian Trail. I joined two old Army friends, rucked up and hit
the trail plodding over the mountains of East Tennessee. We powered through meadows, along creeks with
wildflowers teeming, we swatted bugs, and we sweated and toiled under the load of our packs. Our goal on
day 2 was called the Moreland Gap shelter at about 3900 ft. The route was winding and as we walked
nearly 10 miles all I could think of was to find the shelter. With my feet screaming after miles of rocks
underneath, I longed to lash my trail hammock between two trees and take a load off. I thought of the rain
that might come and how I might avoid it and the shelter was the answer. The shelters are placed along the
AT about every 10 miles or so for weary trekkers to take a load off. They are generally made of wood and
have tin for a roof, perfect for getting out of the rain and the wind. And when you need a rest, out of the
elements, a shelter is what you look for.
As I read this passage this morning about the presence of God being the shelter for those who come out of
the Tribulation, I was reminded of this. Life for believers since day one has been no picnic and as the latter
days ratchet up in the intensity of a spiritual duel, the desire for shelter and safety will only increase.
But our ultimate destiny is to end our trek here in the presence of the throne of God, serving Him day and
night and catch this being sheltered in his presence.
He will be our shelter and He is now our shelter, our protection when we are vulnerable, scared, and or
alone. He satisfies our thirst, He blocks the heat and ultimately guides us to springs of living water and
ultimately He wipes every tear from every eye, to return no more.
Yes, narrow rocky dangerous roads lie ahead but the promise of the rest of God is waiting off in the
distance, all I need do is keep taking each step.